Discover the fascinating stories of some of Ottawa’s earliest settlers at the historic Billings Estate. At this picturesque heritage site you will find the oldest wood-framed house in Ottawa, built from 1827 to 1829. This was home to Braddish and Lamira Billings, one of the founding families of Ottawa. Learn the story of this determined couple who were instrumental in establishing the local community. The home is now a museum featuring many interesting local artifacts honouring the legacy of the Billings family.
The beautiful 8-acre site, blooming with flower gardens and green parkland, is also the site of one of the oldest cemeteries in Ottawa, with graves dating back to the 1820s.
Billings Estate provides many different programs to make your visit an enjoyable experience. There are plenty of activities for children to enjoy, including scavenger hunts, old-fashioned games, and special holiday events. For those with more refined tastes, don’t miss Tea on the Lawn, a delightful high tea service available during the summer months.
At Billings Estate you won’t have to go far to explore local history or find a tranquil spot to enjoy a picnic on a sunny day.
Billings Estate is a seasonal site and therefore closed for regular visists from the end of October to early May (with the exception of pre-booked private visits, several special events and public programs hosted throughout the closed season). The musuem will re-open to the general public on Sunday May 14th, 2017, with regular operating hours of Wed-Sun 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2100 Cabot Street, Ottawa, ON, K1H 6K1
Tel: (613) 247 - 4830
Wed - Sun: 10:00am - 5:00pm